Activated charcoal is a potent natural treatment used to trap toxins and chemicals in the body, allowing them to be flushed out so the body doesn’t reabsorb them. It is a fine, black powder that is odorless, tasteless, and nontoxic. The whole benefit of activation is that it increases the surface area of charcoal, and makes it dry & porous. It readily absorbs a wide range of organic compounds dissolved or suspended in gases and liquids.
Everywhere I look another beauty product has popped up with activated charcoal as an ingredient, boasting all types of beauty benefits(even toothpaste & toothbrush people). Because I love experimenting with new things, I decided to see what all the fuss was about and integrated the element into my mainstay routine (apparently I’m not afraid of commitments 😛 ). I am bringing to you 5 ways to try out the Magical Black Powder at home without much fuss.
It is made from a variety of sources, but when used for natural healing, it is important to select activated charcoal made from coconut shells or other natural sources. The advantage to buying activated charcoal in powder or tablets is that it’s multi-purpose. I got my first trial batch from a friend in US in these capsules if you are in the market for it, you can get it here –> Green Junction . Also, considering this powder is virtually weightless, an ounce is a LOT. Seriously, if you even breathe on it too closely, POOF–there it goes all up in the air like a cloud of black smog.
Detoxify : Forget green juices, if you are a health enthusiasts the new “IT” thing to try are charcoal-based concoctions that help detoxify the body, flushes out toxins and also helps in weight loss. It supposedly is a remedy for hangovers as well 😀 . Activated charcoal is available without a prescription, and is used for a variety of health-related applications especially digestive cleanse but make sure to take doctors opinion on the right product/amount to intake.
Treat stubborn Acne/ Blackheads: To treat acne, mix one capsule of activated charcoal with two teaspoons of aloe-vera gel, and smooth over face. Let dry and rinse off completely. The activated charcoal binds with environmental toxins and dirt that contribute to acne. It will also absorb oils and toxins on and below the skin. You can use it as a spot treatment if you don’t want to use it on your whole face(mini mask for your blemish).
For that Pearly White Smile: Try out charcoal toothpaste and if you want to go crazy get a brush too. It is said to whiten teeth like nothing else. Also, if you swallow some accidentally, nothing bad will happen to you. It doesn’t have a taste, and toothpaste is usually pretty damn minty-flavored anyway, so the chance of you noticing any charcoal-y taste is near impossible. Next level: lose the toothpaste, wet a toothbrush and dip into powdered activated charcoal and brush teeth as normal.
Hair cleanser: You can find regular and dry shampoos that contain activated charcoal. If you have very light hair, you won’t want to use the dry shampoo, as it may stain. In any case, try a test patch before using it on all of your hair at once. You can make your own as well, just mix a capsule of activated charcoal with a dollop of your favorite shampoo to get toxin-ridding benefits. Add an extra rinse to your routine to get the color fully out. Your hair will feel lighter and have more volume. You can also use it as a scalp treatment before you shampoo to treat dandruff, redness, oily and itchy scalp.
Oily skin? Mask it on: Throughout the day, toxins from the world around us clog our pores leading to oily skin & acne. Activated charcoal may be just the ingredient you need to balance things out. Used in a cleanser or mask, activated charcoal can pull the unwanted excess oils & dirt from your skin, leaving it smooth. (Use it with an exfoliating scrub to get the dead skin off and experience an even deeper cleanse). You’ll want to do this sparingly, once or twice per week at the most, so that you don’t over-dry your skin. You can either mix some powder with your current favorite mask or try a DIY mask.
A few tips before I sign off:
- Whenever you intake activated charcoal, it’s IMPERATIVE to drink 12-16 glasses of water per day. Activated charcoal can cause dehydration if adequate amounts of water aren’t consumed in tandem.
- It is EXTREMELY messy if spilled. It can (and will) stain grout and fabrics. Protect counters, floors and clothing before using.
Don’t forget to share your Dark, Mysterious, Charcoal stories with me. Until next time…